FEMP Digest: 2017 Federal Awards Wrap-up and New Webinar Dates

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Federal Energy Management Program

November 21, 2017

2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP's 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards Presented at the National Archives

Earlier this month the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hosted its 37th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards at the historical National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. FEMP's Acting Director Leslie Nicholls presented awards to 27 individuals and teams throughout the federal government, along with their private sector partners, who developed and implemented outstanding cost-effective projects and programs that help to cut energy waste and advance America’s progress toward energy independence, resiliency, and security.

This year’s winners included federal staff serving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, and Transportation; the General Services Administration; and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The event was attended by almost 200 guests, including the winners, their supervisors, colleagues, and personal guests, and senior leaders from across the federal agencies and the White House. Guest speakers included Acting Associate Chief for Business Operations Tina Terrell, U.S. Forest Service; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) Jack Surash, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment); and Acting Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

This year’s Director’s Award was presented to Chris Tremper of FEMP for his career-long service to the federal government, including his unprecedented assistance to the federal agencies, the White House, and 30 years supporting FEMP.

For more information on the 2017 Awards, please view the full announcement. Criteria and Guidelines for the 2018 competition are planned for release in early February 2018, and will be posted on FEMP's website.


Performance Contract Projects Between U.S. and China Businesses will Reduce Energy Consumption

Last month the Department of Energy (DOE) announced new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models that can help industry adapt to new approaches and build business opportunities. These projects intend to improve energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities.

The 2017 U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) pilot projects were formally recognized by DOE's Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons and China's National Development and Reform Commission at the 8th annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in Denver, Colorado, which brings together government, industry, and non-governmental leaders from the United States and China to highlight cooperative efforts, including energy performance contracting.

Nine EPC pilot projects were recognized for using a combination of innovative financing models, international performance measurement and verification protocols, integrated systems approaches, and achieving at least 20% energy savings building-wide or at least 1,000 metric tons of coal equivalent across retrofitted systems in industrial facilities. This year's projects include commercial buildings, industrial facilities, a power plant, medical facilities, and a university, and represent a total investment of $14.5 million in energy-saving measures.

For more information, please view the full announcement

Upcoming Webcasts

Introduction to UESCs Webinar

Live Webinars: November 29, 2017 and February 21, 2018 
The Introduction to UESCs Webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. This training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinar: December 13, 2017

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2:00-3:30 EST

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar

Live Webinars: December 13, 2017 and March 13, 2018

The Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers. The goal of this training is to provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers

Live Webinar: January 9, 2018

Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local  governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar, which is part of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Webinar Series.

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar: January 31, 2018
This webinar covers UESCs, which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. This training is designed specifically for utility staff so they have the tools needed to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps involved in starting a program as well as the resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect, and partner with the federal facilities in their service territory.  

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

In-Person Events 

FedFleet 2018

January 30-February 1, 2018
Washington, D.C.

FedFleet 2018 will offer more than 40 unique training sessions for federal fleet managers at no cost to federal employees. Sessions topics taught by experts will cover both agency-owned and leased fleets and will include hands-on computer lab training. Attendees will have access to the Washington AutoShow exhibit hall, including FedFleet specific vendors. To register, visit www.gsa.gov/fedfleet.

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.


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